Katy Fischer is originally from Urbana, Ohio and always knew she wanted to become a chef from an early age. She studied at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh. After graduating, she traveled the US working in many five star resorts polishing her talents in the kitchen. One of her favorite places was Savannah, Georgia where she worked under a French Chef who taught her the art of Southern cuisine.
In 2011 Katy moved back to town to spend time with her family and met the love of her life, Jeremy. She has been with Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City for 8 years and she has been the Executive Chef since 2015. Her culinary talents have brought many new customers by enlightening their taste buds with her unique creations. When Katy isn’t creating masterpieces, she loves spending time with Jeremy in Key West and with their three dogs, Lu, Merle, and Huckleberry, whom she considers her children.
Katy took some time to answer our Chef 10? interview and here’s what she had to say:
What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?
My favorite ingredient to cook with isn’t a specific ingredient…but I would say spice. I love spicy food. The spicier the better. At Coldwater, I definitely hold back the heat as many people aren’t as crazy about it as I am. But let me be clear, I do not like things to just be hot, they have to be flavorful as well. There are so many ingredients out there that infuse dishes that I wish people would be more open to. There are so many amazing chiles that are underutilized. I love harissa, curry, masalas…there are just so many.
What ingredient do you dread?
Hmmm. I would have to say veal. I personally do not cook or eat veal. For my own personal reasons. I am an animal lover and not a lover of animal cruelty.
What’s your favorite dish to make?
Soup! Random answer, I know. But at Coldwater, we are known for our soups. We have a Soup of the Day and I am always creating new things. You can make soup out of anything. I just made a green tomato bisque full of fresh basil and lime juice and topped it with a crab and jalapeno salad. Killer.
What’s your favorite pig out food?
Oh gosh, well I’d say sushi….I love sushi! I could probably eat an entire sushi boat by myself. Ha…and that pickled ginger, yum!
What restaurant, other than your own, do you like to dine at in the Miami Valley?
I love Thai Nine. Like I said before, I’m a spicy kind of lady…I always ask what the hottest number is when I order and then ask them to make it even spicier. They have amazing Curry and Pad Thai. I also love the “surprise” sushi roll, that’s always fun. I love that when I go there, they treat me so well. They know I am the Chef at Coldwater and I love that the employees are fan of us as well. I love the support.
What’s your best advice for home chefs?
My best advice to Home Chefs would be to not take things too seriously. Recipes are guidelines. Have fun with what you’re doing and try new things, because I promise you the best things in life were created by accident.
If you could invite any 4 guests to a dinner party who would they be and why?
Four guests (can I choose alive or dead?) 1. Emeril Lagasse – he was one of the reasons I decided to become a Chef. His cooking shows were about all I watched as a teenager. I was always asking my Mom to get me the ingredients for his recipes I saw him making and she did! 2. Elton John – he’s done it all. His music is amazing, he’s not afraid to stand out in a crowd, he’s an activist, he’s an inspiration, and he just seems like he’d have a lot of great stories to tell. 3. Ellen DeGeneres – she’s hilarious, witty, kind, genuine, generous, an animal lover and activist, and I know we would have so much to talk about. 4. My Mom – she’s my number one fan. She’s always been there supporting me every step of the way. She’s the main reason I became a Chef. She was always cooking and baking and I loved being around her and doing anything she was doing. I still do.
Who do you look up to in the industry and why?
Honestly, I look up to all the Chefs I see killin’ it on Instagram. The chefs who are always being tagged on True Cooks. The chefs that are out there day in and day out, busting their butts, making delicious and beautiful food. The chefs who are driven by the passion we as chefs all have inside of us. Being a chef is not for the faint of heart. When you’re passionate and dedicated enough to be a chef, you may not see the light of day. You spend it in a kitchen, creating art to make other’s happy. You go home, sleep, and get up and do it again. All for the passion.
What do you do in the Miami Valley on a day off?
On my days off I enjoy kayaking in the Great Miami near Troy and Tipp City, hiking in Yellow Springs, trying new wineries, riding my bicycle, walking my three pups, gardening ( I plant and take care of lots of succulents)
Share a kitchen disaster, lucky break or other interesting story:
Oh the kitchen stories I could tell you- well just the other day we had sold roughly 70 Charcuterie kits and I was prepping more cheese when my hand slipped off the tip of my knife. My knife went through my hand cutting through three layers of skin. 6 stitches later, I came back to work, and everyone got their Charcuterie boards.